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Tycoon’s Claims Reverberate in China Despite Censorship and Thin Evidence
"Officially, no one in China can watch when the exiled tycoon Guo Wengui appears on banned websites to cheerfully lob incendiary allegations of corruption and skulduggery at the top ranks of the Communist Party. Unofficially, though, many people here in Beijing are riveted.

Since taking office, President Xi Jinping has cultivated an aura of austere probity and stern control. But now a garrulous billionaire living in a lavish apartment in Manhattan, taunting the authorities beyond the easy grasp of Chinese security forces, has muddied that image — and created a political and publicity headache for Mr. Xi just months before a key leadership conference." - Chris Buckley, New York Times
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yesterday by dmcdev
Chinese Authorities Crack Down on Streaming to Create a 'Cleaner Cyberspace'
"China's media oversight body has ordered three major online companies to halt some of their multi-media streaming services, the government's latest move to tighten controls on an already restricted Internet...Sina Weibo — the country's Twitter-like microblogging site with more than 340 million users — as well as news sites iFeng.com and ACFUN, were informed they lacked permits required by the body to run audio-visual streams. An announcement by China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said the sites hosted "many politically-related programs that do not conform with state rules," and authorities are trying to "create a cleaner cyberspace." - Joseph Hincks, Time
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2 days ago by dmcdev
Vietnam expels dissident blogger to France
Dissident blogger and free speech advocate Pham Minh Hoang was deported from Vietnam on Saturday, as authorities sent the 62-year-old dual national to France, where he also holds citizenship. “I am still in state of shock and very sad,” Hoang said after landing yesterday morning in Paris, where he was met by relatives. He added that he would try to “live in order to continue the fight” that was his “reason for existing.” - Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
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2 days ago by dmcdev
Unenumerated: How to succeed or fail on a frontier
There is a thread of space development that more closely resembles the pay-you-go methods of Portugal and other successful explorers and developers of frontiers. These involve launching useful satellites into orbit for communications and surveillance. As with the Portuguese, these serve both military and commercial purposes. They are not just for show. Spinoffs of these spacecraft form the flotilla of small unmanned spacecraft we have sent to by now explore all the planets of the solar system, as well as several comets and asteroids. The succesful Hubble telescope is a spinoff of the U.S. National Reconaissance Office's spy satellites. And environmental satellites have revolutionized weather prediction and climate study on our home planet. Recently, space tourism with suborbital rockets has demonstrated a potential to develop a new thread of pay-as-you-go space development largely unrelated to the prior gargantuan manned spaceflight efforts.

The Zheng He and NASA style of frontier-as-PR, where the emphasis is on showing the glory of the government, is a recipe for failure in the exploration and development of new frontiers. It is in sharp contrast to the pay-as-you go method by which tiny Portugal conquered the world's oceans, exemplified today by the practical unmanned satellites of the commercial and military efforts. It is by these practical efforts, that fund themselves by commercial revenue or practical military or environmental benefit, and not by glorious bureaucratic white elephants, that the successful pioneers will, in good time, explore and develop the solar system.
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2 days ago by nhaliday
Ford Chooses China, Not Mexico, to Build Its New Focus - The New York Times
In a move that highlights the shifting landscape of global auto production, Ford Motor said Tuesday that it would build its next-generation small car in China rather than in the United States or Mexico.
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4 days ago by areadevelopment

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